It’s OK to Crash this Party

Young credit union professionals encouraged to apply to be 2020 CUNA GAC Crashers by Nov. 30.

11/12/2019

Are you a young credit union professional passionate about credit union advocacy? Or are you interested in learning more about advancing credit union priorities on the national level?

If so, you’ll want to apply by Nov. 30 to be a crasher at the 2020 Credit Union National Association’s Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C., Feb. 23-27. It’s a great opportunity to advocate for the Credit Union Movement and network with more than 5,000 other credit union professionals.

“The Crash program is a fantastic chance for Young Credit Union Professionals to network with other credit union professionals nationally and participate in a rewarding program that will make an impact for years to come,” said Jordan Beyer, Northwest Credit Union Association Grassroots Advocacy Manger. “We have so many outstanding YPs here in the Northwest, and we’d be proud to have them representing the Movement in D.C.” 

The Crash program is a life-changing experience designed for young and rising professionals. Brittney Schweizer-Wylie, Project Manager with Rogue Credit Union, can attest to that.

“My experience as a Crasher at the 2019 GAC was instrumental in my growth this year, both as an advocate and a credit union professional,” said Schweizer-Wylie. “It opened my eyes to the magnitude of the work that goes in to fighting the advocacy battle in Washington, D.C. It drove home for me why it is so important for us to continue to educate our communities as to what credit unions are, the importance of the services we provide, and the legislative struggles we face.”

This year, The Cooperative Trust, CUNA, the NWCUA, and state leagues across the nation are collaborating to send one crasher per state to the conference. Those selected get free conference registration, which includes attendance at keynote and breakout sessions, congressional meetings, and crasher sessions with leaders in the Movement. Travel, lodging, and food costs are the responsibility of the crasher and his or her credit union. NWCUA Grassroots Involvement grants are also available to help cover expenses.

Credit unions and leagues that want to support the Crasher program and can guarantee that they will have Crashers at the conference, may make a $2,000 donation per Crasher, with up to two Crashers per credit union. This guarantees a credit union will have one or two Crashers at the GAC, however, it is on a first-come, first-served basis. Donations go to the Cooperative Trust to help support the program’s costs. Credit unions that donate will receive a special shout-out during the GAC and have their logo on Crash materials.

“The crasher program provided me with a platform to carry the torch forward and opened my eyes to how other credit unions are positively impacting the communities around them,” said Kaydie Tanquary, Loan Center Assistant Manager with SELCO Community Credit Union. “We stood united, shared our members’ stories, and spoke to how credit unions provide access to fair and common-sense lending to improve members’ lives and the community.”

Those interested in joining the Crasher ranks should apply online today. Applicants must submit a 60-second video about why they wish to participate in the program and what they hope to contribute. Questions can be directed to Beyer.

Credit union advocates also have several other opportunities here at home to further the Credit Union Movement. Contact Beyer to learn more about upcoming events in 2020 and how you can bring advocacy training to your credit union. Be sure to subscribe to NWCUA’s Advocacy on the Move Blog to keep up on the latest news.